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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

She rolled!

In my last post I mentioned that Abigail had a temperature.  Over the next couple of days it kept rising and falling and Abigail wasn't feeling great at all.  She ended up being unwell for some time with a viral infection.  It wasn't until her temperature peaked at 39.1 that she began to improve.  She is now back to her smiling, joyful self.  Praise God!


Today, Abigail rolled!  She was playing on her tummy when she suddenly rolled onto her back.  It was totally unintentional and the look of momentary shock on her face was just adorable.  I couldn't believe it!  She only did it once, but I expect she will develop in this area in leaps and bounds!

Remember when we went to the botanic gardens?  Well here is the craft we did with those bits of nature we collected.

Ignore the reflection of my drying rack ;)

The children loved doing this craft (thanks for the idea Saminda) and made a number of them.  The best one by each child (chosen by the children) were put up in the toy-room window.  They are still there and we are observing the fascinating process of decomp  ;)

In recent weeks, a friend has been visiting to help establish our vegie patch.  I have found that I haven't had the time to spend in the garden (or to do the research to learn how to develop one!), so this has been such a blessing.  Each Monday the boys spend an hour or two weeding, planting, watering...  It's amazing seeing the little plants beginning to grow!  And the chooks are loving all the "bad bugs"  ;)

Turning the soil
Pulling weeds

Learning about one of those "bad bugs" ;)
Thanks Mrs. Naylor!

 Only by His grace,
~Amanda.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A conference and not much else

Yesterday we took a drive to Ballarat for a Home Education Conference.  I only got the notification of it late last week, so it was a last-minute decision to attend.  I'm so glad Michael talked me into it though!  The speaker, Barbara Smith, seemed to confirm some things the Lord has been bringing up for me in recent times.  It has given me much to pray about and mull over.

However, I feel now that I can relax a little bit with our homeschooling and not worry so much that we don't seem to be getting much done (especially since my little technology mishap).  I'm currently reading Ruth Beechick's "The Three R's", which is also relieving some of that self-imposed pressure.  ;)

In other news, there has not been much happening.  Apart from the hectic day-to-day necessities with 5 children under 7, our life has been relatively uneventful.  I have been tired with Abigail waking during the nights (which is my excuse for not updating earlier ;) ).  Speaking of Abigail though, she has had a temperature today.  38.3 degrees, lowering to 37.2 after some baby panadol.  Poor little dear!  She's been a little clingy, and a bit sleepier than usual, but she is still feeding regularly.  I'll continue checking her temperature, but I'm sure she'll be fine.

I have a few photos from recent times, but not many.  Our camera is falling apart (literally!) which makes it hard to use.  I've taken a couple on my mobile, but they are terrible quality!  I'll see if I can gather any worth viewing and post them soon.  I'm praying that somehow I can get a new camera!

Michael has been putting in late nights and early mornings working on his assignments.  He also has exams coming up soon, so a bit of extra study will probably be on his agenda.

My agenda for the coming week includes creating a bit more order in our home, school, spending time with my amazing husband and wonderful children, reading, playing, going for walks, having fun...and much more I'm sure!

Only by His grace,
~Amanda 

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Technology. It's a love/hate thing...

These last few days have been a bit of a blur.  Is it hectic everywhere or just here?

On Friday we took a trip to Geelong (approx. 2 - 2.5 hours drive from here) as Michael had a meeting to attend in regards to an experiment he is taking part in through the university.  As he didn't want to go alone, and would not lose much study time if I drove, the whole family went.  We ended up leaving later than expected and as a result arrived late for the meeting.  Thankfully, the person he was meeting was very gracious.

After the meeting we continued on to Drysdale to have dinner with some dear friends of ours.  It was so good to see them again!  We had a wonderful time catching up.  I did take the camera along to get some photos as it is not often that we can get together, but the batteries died and I couldn't take any.  :(  It was a very late night for us, arriving home in the early hours of the morning.

Saturday morning was slow going.  Abi woke at 6 and after feeding her I went back to bed.  Everyone slept until 9am.  Michael needed to continue working on his assignments, so I decided to take the children out to the Botanic Gardens.  It was lovely to get outside (although it was windy!) and spend time in some beautiful surroundings.  Here are a few pics:










I just love this photo.  These two have such a beautiful relationship.

So, you may be asking, what has all this to do with technology?

Well, I had a minor melt-down yesterday when I discovered I had lost EVERYTHING I have downloaded in regards to homeschooling – all my ebooks, lesson plans, unit studies, lapbook bits and pieces – everything I have been working on to get a good plan in place for more effecient schooling (particularly for next year when the oldest turns 7). As well as much of the household planning that was stored on the same device. *sigh*  There is an important lesson here people.  DON'T TRUST TECHNOLOGY!  HAVE A BACK-UP OR PRINTED COPY!

Nothing like a fresh start, hey?

Only by His grace,
~Amanda